Corporate Overview & Responsible Managers

Defender AM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vertua Limited, the NSX listed company, which focuses on property and professional services. Its platform allows specialist managers to focus on the active management of the underlying assets. Defender looks after the licensing and compliance aspect of fund administration.

Asset Management

Defender AM, a specialist asset management platform, provides investment managers and their Authorised Representatives with a robust risk management and compliance platform, that allows them to focus their efforts on delivering value to their investors.


Defender AM provides services to a number of best in class managers, including third party Governance and product issuance.

Authorised Representative

Defender AM is an Australian Financial Service Licensee for wholesale investors, employing best policies and practice procedures for its clients.

Responsible Managers

Andrew Leece

Responsible Manager

B.Com (Accounting), Dip. Financial Planning, Accredited Derivatives Adviser (II)


Andrew assumes the role of Responsible Manager for Defender AM, having gained valuable experience during his tenure with Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) and Macquarie Corporate & Asset Finance (MAF), endeavouring to instil a genuine risk management culture within Defender AM and its Authorised Representatives.

Aside from his role with Defender AM, Andrew is a Director of Strat Capital providing asset management and finance services to the aviation sector and CEO of Distributed Storage Solutions a market leader in decentralised data storage infrastructure.

James Manning

Director | Responsible Manager

B.Bus (Accounting) M.Bus (Finance) FAICD MNIA


James is a responsible manager for Defender AM. His role includes overseeing compliance and management of the various funds.

Aside from his role with Defender AM, James is the Managing Director of Vertua Limited, a NSX listed company and he is the CEO and Founder of Mawson Infrastructure, a global leading – edge digital asset infrastructure company.

Olga Shtifelman

Director | Responsible Manager

BBIS, and MBA (Finance)


Olga is a Responsible Manager for Defender AM. Her role includes designing policies, ensuring regulatory compliance, implementing technology solutions, and overseeing the various funds Defender manages.

In addition to her role with Defender AM, Olga is the Head of Group Operations at Vertua Limited, a NSX listed investment company. Olga is RG146 compliant specialist and currently undergoing her Master’s in Business Administration at UTS.